What a week of Champions League football we witnessed with our English sides slightly struggling to carry on their winning momentum. Some important players are suffering in the physio room as well, with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero out for ‘a few weeks’ as Pep Guardiola revealed. Jurgen Klopp’s Fabinho also suffered an injury against Napoli, concerning news for Liverpool. Gear up and select players wisely.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs had relatively the same starting XI in the Champions League as in his first match in charge a week ago, which is why players will be relatively tired. That leads to some key players’ fitness concerns to keep in the mind. On the other hand, Leicester had a comfortable week to rest and carry on with fresh players looking for three points to grab. So... let’s pick some players for this week!
Alex McCarthy (£4.3, Southampton v Watford)
The Southampton goalkeeper has started the previous three fixtures, and will likely start another against the Hornets who are clearly struggling moving forward and have not defeated the Saints in their previous four meetings in all competitions. McCarthy conceded by Manchester City and Arsenal and will be hoping to add his first clean sheet of the season against a team that is in a major dull-form. ]
Kasper Schmeichel (£5.2, Leicester v Everton)
So far, he has the most clean sheets with six this season, which is why the Dane has become a key player for Brendon Rodgers side now. He has made a total number of 33 saves and has conceded the fewest number of goals of any keeper who has played over 1,160 minutes of football.
Brandon Williams (£4.0, Manchester United v Aston Villa)
Williams has been in eye-catching form, scoring last week and starting for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer in previous two. But Luke Shaw is back in training now. Hopefully, the manager keeps his faith in the young fullback.
George Baldock (£4.6, Sheffield United v Wolves)
This will be a tough game, but a last minute goal against Manchester United to salvage a point has maintained Sheffield’s confidence. Baldock has been impressive, especially when going forward from the right wing. Sheffield also have a good run in the next few fixtures.
Charlie Taylor (£4.2, Burnley v Crystal Palace)
Since their defeat against Sheffield, Taylor has played full 90 minutes in his previous two games, keeping clean sheets in both. He now has five, the second best defensive record so far in the season. Plus, a great player with a cheap price is always good to have.
Serge Aurier (£4.9, Tottenham v Bournemouth)
It’s still a risky call; Mourinho has to fix his backline before we can expect a clean sheet, but Aurier seems to be his regular, and he has an important goal and assist in the Champions League against Olympiacos.
Ben Chillwell (£5.7, Leicester v Everton)
It looks like Chillwell has cemented his position for the Foxes. The English left-back has been in hot form lately, becoming Leicester’s fundamental player at the back, so better buy him soon before his price goes higher.
Mason Mount (£6.7, Chelsea v West Ham)
The English midfielder may have not played enough minutes in his previous league game and in the Champions League, so he will likely be the starter against West Ham and surely make an impact.
Heung-Min Son (£9.7, Spurs v Bournemouth)
Son has already scored twice and provided twice in the Mourinho era. He has the stamina to play three consecutive 90 minutes matches as well, which is why the newly appointed manager will play the South Korean to keep his winning streak going.
Riyad Mahrez (£8.3, Manchester City v Newcastle)
Mahrez scored an important goal against Chelsea last week, and didn’t feature in Tuesday night’s Champions League. He’ll start and will contribute with qualities players around him against Newcastle.
James Maddison (£8.3, Leicester v Everton)
During week 8, the majority sold him, and since then, he has gone on to score twice and provide more. He will provide again and may even score too.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2, Liverpool v Brighton)
With Fabinho injured and Keita still out, Henderson will likely take charge in that position which opens the gap for Ox to perform in the captain right midfield role like he prefers. He didn’t have enough minutes against Napoli which is why he will look to Brighton where he can make an impact for sure.
Michy Batshuayi (£6.6, Chelsea v West Ham)
If Tammy Abraham’s injury against Valencia keeps him out, then Batshuayi will get his first start of the season. The Belgian will be the Blues central attraction who will grab the opportunity and put one in his name.
Gabriel Jesus (£9.5, Manchester City v Newcastle)
Similarly, Sergio Aguero is out for a few weeks, giving Jesus the chance to make his mark right away.
Marcus Rashford (£8.6, Manchester United v Aston Villa)
Rashford is on his way to mark his career best form, with seven goals and four assists already this season. He should continue his form against Villa.
Obvious choices such as KDB, Harry Kane and Sadio Mane are not included because it’s best to capitalize on differentials; which leads our fantasy managers to gain more and higher probability of points than the rest of their competitors.
What players are you planning to pick or drop? Have you used your wild card yet? Are you planning to go all-in with your bench boost chip for this week? What players will you go for following European football and travel midweek? Please let us know in the comments below!